Bar owners vow to keep 'theater nights' Some Minnesota bar owners are vowing to defy state health authorities. They say they wll continue staging 'theatre nights' to get around the statewide smoking ban. Earlier this week the health department declared bars are not allowed to use an exemption for theatre productions.6:50 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
Union battle heats up in A.G. Swanson's office Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and many of her employees are at odds over a union organization effort within the office. Some employees say they've faced harassment and intimidation for their union support.7:20 a.m.
U.S. Senate bill would toughen inspections of overseas toys The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that toughens inspections of toys made overseas. The bill is a response to record recalls of items that sickened children; it would create a public database of consumer complaints and bolster the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota's U.S. Senator, Amy Klobuchar, about the bill.7:45 a.m.
U of M women's hockey on a roll The final games of the women's WCHA tournament will be held this weekend in Duluth. One of the strongest teams in the tournament, and in the country, is the University of Minnesota. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with interim coach Brad Frost.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Case Stokes Debate About Autism, Vaccines
The federal government has agreed to award damages from a special vaccine compensation fund to the family of a girl with symptoms of autism. Officials deny they are admitting a link between vaccines and autism, but activists are using the case to back up their claims.
Shift Back to Paper Ballots Sparks Disagreement
Voting officials across the country have been trying to find a secure, reliable voting system ever since the 2000 presidential elections. After electronic machine failures, a number of states are returning to paper ballots. But not everyone agrees that's the right way to go.
Too Much Power in Karzai's Hands, Critics Say
A growing number of Afghans are complaining that the government they've elected is corrupt and that it does a poor job of providing basic services, let alone law and order. They accuse the West of caring more about backing President Hamid Karzai, than addressing his government's problems.
Some Skeptical About 'Sunshine Policy' in S. Korea
South Korea's recently inaugurated president has suggested he might take a harder line against North Korea, which could mark the end of South Korea's "Sunshine Policy" of rapprochement with its northern neighbor. However, Lee Myung-bak's position has moderated since the election.
Presidential Race Focuses on Wyoming Caucuses
Democrats in Wyoming are getting ready for a rare moment in the political spotlight when they hold a presidential caucus on Saturday. Wyoming only has 12 delegates, but in a year when every delegate counts, the candidates are campaigning hard.
Class Teaches Virtues to Children of Many Faiths
It sounds like the start of a bad joke: A Jew, a Baptist and a Baha'i get together every Sunday morning ... It's a new kind of Sunday school, where families from a range of religions gather to learn about helpfulness, obedience, service and friendliness.
Criminal Charges Filed in Toxic Toothpaste Case
Criminal charges have been filed against four men involved in importing and distributing toothpaste that contained a toxic substance. Prosecutors say the toothpaste was distributed in the U.S. from December 2005 until May 2007. It contained a chemical commonly used in antifreeze.
NPR Chief Executive Ousted
NPR's corporate board has forced out its chief executive, Ken Stern. He joined NPR in 1999, but was only CEO for a little more than a year.
Europeans, Americans Battle in 'Champagne' Wars
European and American makers of sparkling wine are fighting over the use of the word "champagne." Europeans argue that unless it's made in the Champagne region of France, it ought to be called something else.